Decoupling commodity production from deforestation
Production of agricultural commodities sold on international markets – such as beef, palm oil, soy and rice – is a leading cause of deforestation worldwide. The profits in commodity production and trade currently outweigh potential incentives for reducing emissions from forests and land use. We need an understanding of how commodity production could progressively work with less, or even without, deforestation, while increasing food security and respecting the livelihoods of smallholder producers. Addressing these challenges requires connecting strong demand-side signals in commodity markets with jurisdiction-wide approaches in producing countries in order to raise production standards and provide incentives for investment in deforestation-free commodities.
The work of the EU REDD Facility provides lessons and experiences on ways to decouple commodity production from deforestation at national and subnational levels, and increase transparency in forest-risk commodity supply chains.